Bruce Springsteen wants to keep America great.
Bruce Springsteen was a recent guest on the “WTF” podcast, and he told host Marc Maron he’s concerned Donald Trump is bringing out the worst in Americans.
Springsteen and Maron covered a lot of ground in the fascinating interview, and the musician shared his fears regarding Trump’s presidency:
“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now. It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
“When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance … they don’t go back in the bottle that easily, if they go back in at all. Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society.”
Springsteen made sure to emphasize to Maron that he believes there are “plenty of good, solid folks” who voted for Trump; and he realizes his songs about patriotism, protecting the homeland, and job losses resonated with Trump voters who have been Springsteen fans for decades.
He said, “These are very powerful and simple ideas. If you’ve struggled for the past 30 or 40 years ― and this has been the theme of much of my creative life for all those years ― if someone comes along and offers you something else … it’s a compelling choice.”
The Boss is more committed than he’s ever been to American values that make this country great, saying:
“America is still America,” he said. “I still believe in its ideals, and I’m going to do my best to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things.”
— WTF with Marc Maron (@WTFpod) January 2, 2017